Excellent Kenya pour over, light roasts show flavors of pomegranate, pink grapefruit and orange, hints of candied citrus and cranberry, with sweet herbs and baking spice in the finish. City to Full City.
|Processing||Wet Process Kenya Type|
|Drying Method||Raised Bed Sun-dried|
|Arrival date||July 2019 Arrival|
|Bag size||60 KG|
|Cultivar Detail||SL-28, SL-34, Ruiru 11, Batian|
|Grade||AB - "Red Cherry" program (see farm notes)|
|Appearance||.4 d/300gr, 15-18 Screen - I know, "AB" should be 15-17 screen, but I'm seeing some large beans that I think are AA, as well as some peaberries for that matter - will not hamper flavor, like at all!|
|Roast Recommendations||City to Full City|
Rukira is a wet mill, what is referred to as a "factory" in Kenya terms. Basically this is where members bring coffee cherry for processing - pulping, fermenting, washing, and drying. It's a cooperative setup where these different stations are aligned with farmer members, and the stations belong to a much larger cooperative society: in this case Othaya Farmers Cooperative Society ("FCS"). Rukira is one of several member stations, and is comprised of over 500 members delivering coffee cherry to the mill. The Othaya FCS started in the mid-1950s, ballooning from 250 original members to 15,000 strong today. Altitude of the washing station is just shy of 1900 meters, and you mostly see SL-28 and SL-34, along with a little Ruiru and Batian cultivars mixed in. Several years back we bought an AB auction lot of Rukira, and we're glad to see it's return. Fruited, bright, sweet, juicy - a real stunner Kenya. This was bought as part of Othaya's own program they call "Red Cherry". In short, they pick a few of the farmers who consistently deliver top quality coffee and then work with them to employ an added layer of cherry sorting before the coffee is depulped. This way, they are able to pick out any coffee that is visibly outside the color spectrum that would indicate peak ripeness (hence the name, "Red Cherry"!). This is the AB bean selection (15 - 17 1/64ths inch size), though I am seeing some peaberries as well as what appear to be 18+ AA beans. This isn't going to hamper flavor or anything, just worth noting for those checking over visual appearance of the green. Overall, I found this coffee to roast easily, color quite uniform as you pass a City roast level.
Light and medium roasts of Rukira AB are intense and aroma heady, which makes the job of coming up with descriptors a lot easier! The dry fragrance is perhaps the least fruited stage of assessment, but still manages to bowl you over with big sweetness of dark sugars and heavy-handed accents of cinnamon and ginger powder. The wet grounds have a honey smell, along with wafts of ginger chews, lime zest, toffee and a sprinkling of baking spices. The cup is very clean and the sweetness robust from City to Full City roast levels. Light roasts shine with flavor notes of pomegranate, juicy pink grapefruit and orange notes. The acidity is on the citric side, like pulpy orange juice and ads a refreshing aspect to the cup. The fruits have a tangy sweetness in the lighter roasts which hepls to underscore traces of candied citrus peel and a cranberry hint. Rue herb and cardamom spice notes mark the aromatic finish. Full City roasts bring out a bittersweet side but still leave plenty of space for fruited highlights like berry and sweet citrus. An excellent Kenya pour over.